Minister welcomes solar centre plan

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The Government Energy Minister has welcomed plans to set up a solar power technology centre in Cornwall.

While confirming the latest changes to the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT), designed to put it on a more predictable footing, Energy and Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, said: “I am very happy to see a proposal for the creation of a National Solar Centre in Cornwall, led by the Building Research Establishment

“This is great news for the South West and further evidence of the solar sector coming of age.”

Cllr Alec Robertson, Leader of Cornwall Council, said: “The FITs scheme allowed many people across Cornwall to learn about renewable energy, especially solar power, and Cornwall would welcome the establishment of a new National Solar Centre that will be at the heart of the bright future for PV in the UK.

“We’re pleased that DECC has announced changes that improve the predictability for the FITs scheme.”

Barker announced a range of changes to the FIT scheme, which from August 1 will see the tariff for small scheme cut from 21p kwh to 16p, and will be set to decrease on a three month basis thereafter, with pauses if the market slows down.

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